FAM 401:Genogram Assignment

McGoldrick, M., Gerson, R., & Shellenberger, S. (1999). Genograms:
Assesssmentand Intervention. New York: W.W. Norton and Company.

Sources of family information
Family Bible
Newspaper files
Diaries,  Journals,  Scrapbooks, Local court records, Local libraries
American Geneological Society
Library at the Kentucky History Center
Kentucky Historical Society    www.state.ky.us/agencies/khs/
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints   www.family-search.org

1.  On a large piece of paper, prepare a three-generation (four generations if you have children) genogram indicating family structure, family information, and family relationships. (Do not use poster board, etc.). Date genogram in lower right hand corner.

Identify the index person

Draw boundaries around family members who presently live together.
Include demographic information (see handout)
Include symbols showing emotional closeness/distance between family members (see handout)
2.  On a separate piece of paper (8 ½ x 11), prepare a family chronology of key events. (see handout)

3.  Write a reflection paper (typed, double-spaced, 1 inch margins, 10 or 12 pt. font) discussing patterns of togetherness, individuality,and cutoffs; communication; expectations; implicit and explicit rules; traditions, rituals, and celebrations; family secrets; coping with crisis; family roles and positions; relationships; and power.  Describe family boundaries, attitudes, values, beliefs,and definition of family.  Identify and describe dyads and triangles. (10-15 pp.)

Identify at least three noticeable patterns you see emerging from your genogram.  Do these surprise you?  Is anyone else in your family aware of them?  How do you feel about them?  Which do you value?  Which concern you?  Do these patterns say anything to you about your own life?

Based upon the information and recurrent patterns you have discovered, what would you predict for your future?  Base your predictions on your genogram.  If you predict new patterns for your life, explain.

4.  Place #1, #2, and #3 inside a file folder.

Evaluation of the genogram will be based upon the use of symbols, clarity, completeness, and neatness.  The reflection paper will be evaluated for understanding of family systems concepts covered in the course as well as spelling, grammar, and writing mechanics.

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